A lot has happened in the eight days since I last posted something here, and to be frank a lot will happen in the days and weeks to come. Thankfully it seems no one really missed “Shelf Reflections” too much, so…
Anyway, I’m excited! Not just because of certain life circumstances and decisions to make at this juncture (it’s actually terrifying more than anything else), but because I am going to embark on a journey that I think it’s high time to start:
That’s right, folks – I’m going to read War and Peace. All of it, cover to cover.
Don’t get me wrong; I don’t want to sound reckless or itinerant, and I’m not going to turn every post from this point forward into a BuzzFeed-esque list of “10 Ways Anna Pavlovna Scherer Is Just A More Articulate Mrs. Weasley,” etc. (Sorry.) As with almost every book I encounter, though, I want to read a good story, and I hope to figure out what it is about the book that lends it such weight and prestige in the history of literature.
I’m also going to hold myself to a daily commitment of about 20 pages a day. The edition I have (footnotes, intro, and appendices excluded) is just over 1300 pages in length – a 65-day project, if all goes well. (Future Chris: It won’t. But there’s no reason not to try.)
Nevertheless, it’s the kind of challenge I relish, and I suspect the rewards will far outweigh the effort…and hopefully the book itself. Onwards!